Reloading Podcast 172 - Turn or Ream

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Tonight the guys are talking reaming vs turning.

  1. Message: I got into long range shooting about 2 years ago and have been reloading on and off for a couple of decades (mostly straight wall pistol). I am reloading for .308 Winchester and for 6.5 Creedmoor. I have been using Winchester brass in the .308 and had very good results (groups generally around .40 inch at 100 yards / .95 inch at 200 yards). I am quite happy with this result and have reached out to 1200 yards with the .308 with no problem. I have yet to take the 6.5 Creedmoor out to distance, but hoping to in the next few weeks.
    I am reloading over a Redding T7 with Competition Bushing Dies and have checked concentricity, which generally runs about 0.001 to 0.002 inch.
    My question is will Neck Turning or Reaming have a significant impact on my precision?
    And, is it better to Neck Turn or Neck Ream?
    Neck Turning equipment is readily available and Neck Reaming equipment is far more expensive and harder to find.
    Thanks for any incite you may be able to provide.  Werner

  2. I appreciate the show.  I have 2 questions.
    A.  I have will be getting 700 free xtp bullets from Hornady for my 10mm through their promotions where you buy a die and get 100 bullets or buy a larger piece of equipment--in my case the Lock and Load Power Case Prep Center--and get 500 free bullets.  Most of this will be loaded as high power range ammo.  My question is, I don't want to waste a lot of it in load development, so how close to max can I safely start loading.  Like I said before, I'm not looking for extreme accuracy, just big boomer fun at the range.

    B. I have a 50 Beowulf.  On Alexander Arms website, they list load data for some of the powerbelt muzzleloader bullets to be loaded in the 50 Beowulf cases.  Their data is for the heavy grain powerbelt bullets.  I just came across a major deal on 270 gr powerbelt polymer tip bullets.  Alexander Arms has no data for this lighter bullet.  I even called them to see if they had any suggestions.  So, what I'm wondering is, can I take load data from a similar weight bullet of a different brand and use it as a starting point for load development.  Obviously, I'd start low and go up until I saw pressure signs.
    Thanks and God Bless!
    Joseph
    Oh and a history type podcast you might be interested in is Wallbuilders Live

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